Broadpeak software achieves video streaming at 725 Gbps

Dec. 12, 2022
Based on state-of-the-art commercial off-the-shelf Intel Xeon processor servers, Broadpeak says its new BkS450 high-performance streaming software greatly reduces operator costs and power consumption.

Broadpeak, a global provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming technology for content providers and pay-TV operators, has announced the launch of its BkS450 high-performance video streaming software, which the firm says brings outstanding cost savings and energy efficiency to video streaming infrastructures.

According to a press release, when running on a 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor, the BkS450 software enables video service providers to deliver low-latency 4K and 8K video streaming services, VR content, and other bandwidth-intensive offerings at a reduced cost, while consuming significantly less power than traditional video servers.

Broadpeak says the BkS450 video streaming software offers a massive improvement in performance and sustainability, which is critical as video service providers look to address growing concerns about the energy impact of video streaming.

Leveraging an ultra-efficient usage of hardware resources, the BkS450 delivers video services at 725 Gbps in HTTP on servers consuming 900 Watts, reducing the power required to stream 1 Gbps by a factor of 4 compared with previous-generation video streaming solutions. Broadpeak obtained this measurement using a sophisticated benchmark tool developed in collaboration with Intel, recreating a production environment.

This collaboration demonstrates the power of software optimized with Intel Xeon CPUs. The two companies say they will continue to work together and push the performance-per-Watt envelope toward a more sustainable future for the rapidly growing media streaming market.

In addition, Broadpeak's BkS450 video streamer features a high-density design that saves crucial space in data centers. Available as a container running on off-the-shelf hardware, the BkS450 eliminates the need for operators to use proprietary components, speeding up the time to market for new video streaming services while enhancing operators' flexibility, operational efficiency, and cost savings.

Furthermore, the BkS450 video streamer is future-proof, natively supporting all of the latest HTTP protocols — as well as DASH and HLS low-latency streaming formats — to ensure a flawless video streaming experience.

The new caching software engine built into the BkS450 will also extract maximum performance from more modest and cost-effective hardware configurations, including existing CDN deployments. This innovation unlocks CDN capacity across the board and better uses resources. This is only the first step, notes the company, as Broadpeak plans to reach even higher numbers by continuously leveraging the new capabilities made available at the hardware level in its software.

Nivedita Nouvel, vice president of product marketing at Broadpeak, remarked:

"Introducing the next-gen BkS450 software to our solutions family underscores our commitment to enabling greener video streaming while ensuring a superior quality of experience for consumers at a reasonable cost. Working with Intel, we have achieved a giant leap forward in video streaming performance and energy efficiency, helping our customers deliver advanced video streaming services with increased agility, a smaller hardware footprint, and a reduced impact on the environment." 

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